Victorian Volcanic Plains Conservation Management Network

Protecting grassland, seasonal wetlands, grassy woodlands & other ecosystems on the Victorian Volcanic Plains

Wurundjeri Week Tours

The history of Greater Melbourne and that of the Wurundjeri People are intimately connected. Despite this, surprisingly little of this shared history is known amongst the broader community. During Wurundjeri Week, Wurundjeri Council will be running various tours on Wurundjeri Country to educate the public on different aspects of Indigenous and Wurundjeri culture. Be part of one or more of the guided tours, facilitated by Wurundjeri Elders and community members –  Wurundjeri Week 2015 Program

Planting to make a difference

Searching for somewhere to plant

The sun was shining and frost had disappeared as over one hundred and fifty volunteers began an interesting few hours yesterday planting on private property near Rowsley (Bacchus Marsh) as part of the Grow West Project.  The site is steep and on the edge of two bioregions, Victorian Volcanic Plain  and Central Victorian Highlands.

Some of the area is fairly degraded so the aim is to get more plants back into the site, out compete the weeds and in the long run provide more habitat and join up remnants of vegetation on adjoining properties. The site had been ripped and one of the rip lines had already been direct seeded.

Quite a few community groups and other individuals join together under the guidance of a well organised team, who ensure the day runs smoothly, to put in and guard about 5000 indigenous plants. It was good to see some Blue Storksbill and Ruby Saltbush already taking hold and a few of the direct seeded plants emerging.

This planting day is annual event  run in partnership with the Grow West Project, Victorian National Parks Association, Friends of Werribee Gorge and Long Forest Mallee, Bacchus Marsh Lions Club and Victorian Mobile Landcare Group. The day included a celebration of 10 years of Grow West projects.

A steep site

Planting beside the rip line trying to find a pocket of soil

View to remnant vegetation in the distance

View to remnant vegetation in the distance

Yellow Gums Festival Time at Bannockburn

If you would like a bit of a chat and a walk in the bush on Saturday July 25th, then you may like to join the Friends of Bannockburn Bush for their 18th Yellow Gum Festival.  This site is on Victorian Volcanic Plains and you will be able to walk through two endangered  vegetation communities. Don’t forget your camera as there will be orchids and fungi to see as well as the  Melbourne Yellow Gums and much more.

There will be pumpkin soup and gourmet damper on a stick as well as some fine (BYO) wine. The meeting place is inside the main entrance for the reserve, off the Bannockburn-Shelford Road at 10:00am.  Enquiries to Stuart McCallum on 0438 904 961

Threatened Species Strategy released

The Australian Government’s Threatened Species Strategy has been released. This Strategy sets out a road map and highlights how our approach of science, action and partnership can be used to achieve the long-term goal of reversing species declines and supporting species recovery click here   Hope you have/had a chance to listen to at least some of the Threatened Species Summit today.


Start with the grasslands – discussion and book launch

While this resource has been available for some time on the Victorian National Parks Association website here is an opportunity for early birds to come to the launch of the book and hear a discussion around the topic of native grasslands in the urban environment. The following text taken from event registration site……..

Retention of native grasslands in urban areas is a growing concern for urban development and design. There are a number of issues that can jeopardise their inclusion in a final development proposal or their survival if they are retained. ‘Start with the Grasslands’, written by landscape architect Adrian Marshall and published by the Victorian National Parks Association, provides advice for the design and management of native grasslands within an urban context and forms the basis of this breakfast discussion.

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Victorian Landcare Grants are open

Spiny Pimelea

The Corangamite CMA is now calling for applications for the next round of the State Government’s Victorian Landcare Grants program. The program is designed to fund projects to enable NRM community groups, networks and their volunteers to undertake effective on ground works to increase ecosystem resilience and contribute to sustainable landscapes.

Applicants can apply for funding up to a maximum of $30,000 for major integrated projects. In recognition of the costs associated with running an incorporated Landcare group, support grants of $500 are also available.

Applications close 12pm Friday 14 August 2015  link


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